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1914 Detroit Electric Car running board logo

I think that if I could buy one of these now, I would do it. Why can we not build electric cars today (especially in Detroit) when we could do so 90 years ago? The technology seems to have been mature back in 1914 - come on engineers - lets get with it!

 

Detroit Electric on wikipedia

 

Model 46 Gentlemen's Roadster

 

Built by: Anderson Electric Car Co.

Detroit, Michigan

Price: $ 2,500

 

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The Detroit Electric, built by Anderson Electric Car Co., became one of America's best known and longest lived electric automobile marques. Production in Detroit, Michigan spanned the period from 1907 to 1938. Detroit Electrics were quiet, and required no hand cranking, making them a favorite with ladies. Doctors liked the Detroit Electric also, because the gradual, gentle power delivered directly to the driving wheels made it easier to move in mud or snow. The driver used a tiller to steer: a pull towards the seat turned the automobile to the right, a push away turned the automobile to the left. The Detroit Electric displayed here used 40 batteries to propel it between 50 and 85 miles per charge.

 

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